Useful iCloud Documents Tip

This is a little tip about how to get iCloud documents on and off your mac without being limited to only seeing iWork documents and having to go onto

This is part of a new section I am starting with helpful tips and snippets that people may find useful – definitely turning this into a sort of live Evernote website!

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Mac & iOS Apps + Arachnidigital

Just a quick post (while I’m in the mood) to mark the start of development for my first iPhone and Mac App. I know it’s not exactly a big announcement, but it marks the beginning of my movement to freelance design and development as a full time occupation.

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Best Wikipedia App for iOS

Thought I would start sharing some apps I use on a day to day basis.

Wikipedia is a great online resource that may not always be 100% accurate, everyone uses as the first call for research of any kind.

There are a fair few apps available to access wikipedia on iOS devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. There are a couple of options available, these are just the ones I have looked at (there are tons more):


This one is the best! It’s won design awards and is really simple to use. Better still, it has some neat features that make it quite intuitive and speedy as a resource. iPad and iPhone (& iPod touch) versions are available.


Very similar to Articles, with some different features but I don’t think it is as good. I used to use this, there is a really good free version and is probably the best option if you don’t want to spend any money.

Wikipedia Mobile

The official wikipedia app – it’s ok but nothing to write home about.


Nice little app, different to the rest focussed more towards pictures. Definitely worth a look.


Horrible icon – but provides basic wikipedia access. Lacking in features, and hasn’t evolved much since it came onto the app store with the original iPhone.

Best To Do App

Ok, a good ToDo app is an essential addition for anyones application list. I am completely lost without one (although a still quite lost with one), and help set some order to projects or even just what you need to buy when you go to the shops.

I have spent a lot of money of todo apps, so thought I would share my opinions on the front runners in this category.

Here is a comparison for the options available for iOS.

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Adobe iPad Companion Apps

So Adobe have released some apps for the iPad to enhance photoshop, I’ve had a little look and here is the run down.

Here is a Little Video:

Adobe Eazel ($4.99)

With Adobe Eazel, you can use your iPad and your fingertips to paint beautiful works of art. Paint across your entire iPad screen, and easily access the tools you need. Send your artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from any locationall you need is a network connection between your iPad and computer. Or do all your painting in the app, and share via email.

Adobe Nav ($1.99)

With Adobe Nav and a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad to easily access the tools you use most. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on iPad. Tap a document on iPad to make it the active document in Photoshop CS5. Disconnect from the network and use iPad to easily share files in person with others.

Adobe Color Lava ($2.99)

With Adobe Color Lava, you can use your fingertips to mix colors on your iPad and create custom swatches and five-swatch themes. Instantly access them in Photoshop CS5all you need is a network connection between your iPad and computer. Or use the app wherever inspiration strikes, and then bring your colors into Photoshop CS5 when you’re connected. Share colors via email, too.

In My Opinion…

Color Lava is absolutely brilliant, and is a definite purchase. Nav is ok, but I’m not sure just how useful it will be – I am going to give it a proper try and seehow much I will actually use it. Eazel… Not a huge fan, there are better alternatives out there! (Although I’m sure some will love it).

iMovie + YouTube

So I was talking to a fellow designer who was raving about iMovie, so I thought I’d have a little go. Quickly filmed a little piano to play around with, Ludovico Einaudi – one of my favourite composers. iMovie is actually quite neat, you can play around with contrast, histograms, and loads of other silly effects. It is very intuitive, as is most of apple’s own software. It’s nothing compared to Final Cut or Premiere Pro I have to say, but it’s fairly good and sharing options are brilliant.

Anyway, after I got bored messing around, I started to think what to do with it and the options available online. There are a few, but the main one really is… YouTube! I’m not a huge user, but thought I’d have a look so set up an account and uploaded the video. The whole registration and upload was really simple, may upload some other bits and bobs in the future.

It’s not very good, and the piano playing is awful – but hey!


Argh, Mac Trash has gone crazy!

Ok, so logged into my mac this morning – it had a little heart-attack when starting up so I had to do a force restart. Starts up fine, but then the trash is acting up. Everytime I went to delete any file, it gave me a big warning of “Are you sure you want to delete that?” – Yes I am, so stop asking already. Little research, the wonders of mac technology have deleted my own trash and are making me access a mystery one for which I have no permissions.

So, how to fix? Real simple. (warning, doing this wrong could erase hard-drive, but hey!)

Open up terminal and then type one the following

If the affected account is admin, type: sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash

if the affected account is another user, type:  sudo rm -rf /Users/user_name/.Trash

nb: replace user_name with the short version of the username! i.e Mine would be george (lowercase) as that’s what I called the account.

You’ll be asked for your admin password, and then once it’s done, log out and in again. The problem is solved!